Firethorne Submission Guidelines

Firethorne is now accepting art, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for our Spring 2018 issue!


Before you submit your work, please read these submission guidelines below. Editors will not be able to consider submissions that don’t follow the guidelines.

Firethorne Submission Policy and Guidelines

  • Students may submit their work using our online Submission Manager (link below). Fill out the form and upload your work!
  • The student’s name should not be included on the work or anywhere in the submission itself. All submissions will be considered anonymously by the editors of Firethorne.
  • Uploads of prose and poetry should be in Microsoft Word format in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font. The name of your file should be the same as the title(s) of your work.
  • Artwork and photography must be sent as a JPEG file with reasonable file compression (300-600 dpi), again with the file name reflecting the title of the piece.
  • Firethorne will not publish anonymous work or materials submitted from a non-Gustavus email address.
  • Multiple submissions should be sent as separate uploads.
  • Firethorne will publish up to two pieces from an individual student in each issue. This policy is applicable to both Firethorne editors and the general student body.
  • Firethorne staff members’ works will undergo the editing process like all other submissions.

For Prose Submissions:

For prose, submissions should be 4,000 words or less.

Students may submit up to three works of prose.

For Poetry Submissions:

Students may submit up to five individual poems.

Poems may be submitted all in one document or submitted in separate documents.

For Art Submissions:

  • Drawings/paintings/etc. that are being submitted may either be a scan or a high quality digital photograph.
  • Firethorne encourages collaboration between artists and photographers; pictures of sculpture and other multimedia works will be credited to both their creators and photographers.
  • Physical copies of paper artwork can be submitted through the Gustavus Adolphus post office and sent to Professor Baker Lawley.
  • Artwork and photography can be color and up to any size.

Editorial Policy:

The Faculty Advisor will systematically code all submitted work and turn over the submitted work, without attribution, for the editors’ scrutiny. Firethorne staff will admit submissions for creativity, originality and artistic value.

Submissions marked for publication will appear in their original submitted form except for technical aspects such as font, size, page placement and corrections of obvious grammatical errors.  Stylistic changes (i.e. word substitutions, changes in length of the work, word omissions, etc.) recommended by the editors will be made only with the submitter’s consent. If recommended changes are not approved by the submitter, they will not be made; however the publication of the work will then be determined by the Firethorne staff as it reflects our artistic mission for the publication as a whole. It is against Firethorne policy to publish works that do not reflect the submitter’s artistic integrity.

Thanks for reading the guidelines.

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The views and/or opinions expressed in the publication are not to be taken as those of Firethorne staff or its associated bodies. Materials deemed to place the publication at risk for liability with regard to obscenity or profanity in connection with hate speech, slander or other illegal forms of speech will be removed at the staff’s discretion.  Work found to be fraudulent in nature or plagiarized will be disqualified upon confirmation.

Inquiries into Firethorne can be made by contacting:

Baker Lawley, Associate Professor of English
Gustavus Adolphus College
800 West College Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082
or e-mail Baker Lawley (

This policy was revised February 2017. Firethorne, MMVI all rights reserved.